SELECTED ART WORKS 2000-2010
OUM EL DOUNIA
(Arabic, 'The Mother of the World')
Oum El Dounia, (Arabic, 'The Mother of the World'). Digitally woven tapestry, 2007. Installation view, Smithsonian Museum, Freer & Sackler gallery, 2015-16. From the photo-collage, Oum El Dounia, commissioned by and collection La Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain. © Lara Baladi, 2000.
BORG EL AMAL
(Arabic, ‘Tower of Hope')
Borg El Amal, (Arabic, ‘Tower of Hope'). Sound and architectural ephemeral installation in situ . First Prize, Cairo Contemporary Art Biennale, Egypt. © Lara Baladi, 2008/09.
Above: Donkey Symphony. Excerpt. Donkeys, cello, soprano and violin. 19 mins. Donkeys recorded in Burrolandia, Sound component of Borg El Amal (Tower of Hope) composed by Nathaniel Robin Mann, Madrid, Spain. © Lara Baladi, 2008.
Above left: Donkey Symphony performed in collaboration with the Kiev Kamera Orchestra, Kiev Contemporary Art Biennial, 2012.
Donkey Symphony performed in an abandoned silo at the end of the Art Omi residency, NY, USA. © Lara Baladi, 2014.
DIARY OF THE FUTURE
(Arabic, The ‘Tomb of Time’)
Qabr El Zaman, (Arabic, The ‘Tomb of Time’). Architectural Installation. Grey raw marble, photographs printed on porcelain, trompe l’oeil wall paintings and permanent pigment print of digital photo-collage on gesso-coated aluminum panel. Commissioned for and collection of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar. © Lara Baladi, 2010.
[...] Black veins—rivulets—interlaced at the bottom and all around the insides of the cups, each line telling a story to those who knew how to decipher the secret language. This tradition is so anchored in our culture that turning the cup upside down, even if no one around can read it, has become part of the coffee-drinking ritual. Alone, or together, we automatically look into the bottom, hoping to find answers to the questions our soul is asking. Every day, I carried the tray with the used and labeled cups outside to the table in that garden of my childhood. There, I photographed the inside of each cup—and the labels, at first, to keep track of whose each one was. But my eyes were so close to my subject, I fell into a kind of timelessness. I followed the ants walking on the saucers, became obsessed with the tiniest details, how the wet coffee dregs made patterns on the labels or how some of these labels were cut from my grandmother’s stack of hieroglyph-printed stationery, the same that she’d used for as long as I could remember [...]
Vodka Camomile, Cocktail for a Revolution. Excerpt. 'Sketch' for a book, published in Agni, Boston University, 2016.
JUSTICE FOR THE MOTHER — PERFUMES & BAZAAR, THE GARDEN OF ALLAH
Justice For the Mother and Perfumes & Bazaar, The Garden of Allah. Installation views, Occidentalism, Cairo and the 2010 Sydney Biennial, The beauty of Distance, digital montages in Photoshop, 560X248CM. Material variable. © Lara Baladi, 2016/07.
Roba Vecchia, (Italian, Ragman). Installation view, Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art. Life size kaleidoscope, rear projection on mirrors, specially written software. 1120X245CM. Egypt. © Lara Baladi, 2006.
DUBAI, A PHOTO ESSAY
Photo essay commissioned by and for Bidoun Magazine, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. © Lara Baladi, 2005.
Egypt's twentieth century seen through the logos of locally produced Egyptian goods
This T-shirt collection is inspired by the meaning of the word Baladi in Egyptian, literally 'my country' but also used to refer to tradition and/or kitsch.
Post card and installation views. Espace SD, Beirut Lebanon. ©Lara Baladi, 2005.
SANDOUK EL DOUNIA
(Arabic, ‘The World in a Box’ and also the name of the precursor to the moving image)
Sandouk El Dounia, (Arabic, ‘The World in a Box’ and also the name of the precursor to the moving image). Digitally woven tapestry. 780X650 CM. 2007. Installation view, Penelope's Labour, Cini Foundation, Venice Biennale, 2011. From the reproduction of the original photo-collage, Sandouk El Dounia. © Lara Baladi.
AL FANOUS EL SEHRY
(Arabic, ‘The Magic Lantern’)
Al Fanous El Sehry, (Arabic, ‘The Magic Lantern’). Installation view, Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art. Medical x-rays montaged in Photoshop, 9 meter diameter iron Islamic star, 16 light boxes, acetate prints, 29 meter circumference. Egypt. © Lara Baladi, 2002.
Filming Revolution, Alisa Lebow, 2015
Summer Autumn Winter and Spring: Conversations with Artists from the Arab World, 2015
Before and After: and the Suspension of Breath in Between, Positionen, Steidl, 2013
A Conversation with Lara Baladi, Afterimage, Vol. 39 n5, 2011
Lara Baladi: Rituals of Hope, Nafas Magazine, Universe in Universe, 2011